Cub Scout Pack 255
Chevy Chase, MD
WELCOME TO CUB SCOUT PACK 255!
Cub Scout Pack 255 is an active Pack in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For more than 75 years, Pack 255 has taught Cub Scouts to do their best, to help others, and to live their lives according to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
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Pack 255 is now a Family Scouting Pack!
This means we are now allowing girls to join Pack 255 and become Cub Scouts. The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises.
Pack 255 Calendar 2018-2019
Check Scoutbook for more details on the events below as information becomes available. Also check with your Den Leaders for your Den meetings and other activities.
Pack 255 News
November Pack Meeting
Our Pack Meeting this month focused on emergency preparedness. We welcomed a representative from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management to do a presentation and work on a plan for our families to be prepared for emergencies.
Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food is the Potomac District’s service project for the needy in Montgomery County. All food collected goes to Manna, a food bank serving Montgomery County, and is stored for use throughout the year. Potomac District Scouts contribute thousands of bags of food each year, supplying the lion’s share of food utilized by Manna each winter for those in need. Reports are that this year’s collection was the most successful yet!
For more information on Scouting for Food, visit https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/10/30/what-is-scouting-for-food/
Thank you to the many Pack 255 Cubs, siblings and parents who participated in this year's event.
Fall Family Camping
Pack 255 ventured to Calvert Cliffs State Park on Maryland's Western Shore for our Fall Family Campout. With over 100 attendees there was plenty of activity for the Cubs and parents to enjoy. Highlights included hikes down to the beach to check out fossils and look for sharks' teeth, fishing in the pond, football, soccer, frisbee, and general exploring of the woods.
Some Cubs took the opportunity to participate in the Jamboree on the Internet, an annual event where Scouts from all over the world connect to each other via video, audio and chat rooms to learn about Scouting in other parts of the world. Pack 255 talked to Scouts in Wales, Australia, Norway, Columbia, Costa Rica, Philippines, and the US.
Saturday evening was capped off by a campfire program with each den contributing skits, songs and jokes. The food was deliciously prepared and there was plenty for seconds and thirds. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make the campout a success.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Cubs and siblings assembled their fastest racing catamarans and filled their lungs with air for the annual raingutter regatta. Members of each den blew their boats as fast as possible down the raingutter in double elimination action. The top two finishers in each den raced in the competitive Pack Championship.
In addition to the pins and medals to the fastest racers, awards for design and good sportsmanship were bestowed upon Cubs. Congratulations to all the competitors and a huge thank you to all the parent volunteers that made the race a success.
Kensington Labor Day Parade
Cubs and families braved the heat and humidity to march in the Kensington Labor Day Parade. Webelos had the privilege of carrying the US and Maryland flags and the Pack 255 banner. Younger Cubs passed out candy to the audience along the route. Thank you to the Town of Kensington for inviting us again this year.
Family Pool Party
Pack 255 families enjoyed swimming, pizza, fruit, lemonade, and desserts as we wrapped up our summer Pack activities and start gearing up for another active Scouting year in 2018 - 2019.
Mini Golf at Bohrer Park
Families enjoyed a round of mini golf at Borher Park in Gaitherburg, MD. After a solid week of rain the sun came out and produced a beautiful day on the greens. Cubs, parents, and siblings tested their mettle against the bumps, obstacles, and tucked pins for 18 holes. After the round everyone cooled off with some popsicles.
Goshen Scout Reservation - Camp PMI
Webelos from Pack 255 enjoyed a week at Goshen Scout Reservation, Camp PMI in Central Virginia again this summer. Each year this is an opportunity for the oldest Cubs in the Pack to experience a longer campout in preparation for their transition to Boy Scouts.
Activities included aquatics (swimming and boating), nature (plants, bugs, and animals), scoutcraft (knots, fire starting, shelter building), handicraft (crafts and games), and field sports (BB guns and archery). The Cubs enjoyed rotations though each area on the first two full days. We then selected the activities and pins the Cubs wanted to earn the for the rest of the week. We also enjoyed a steep and sweaty hike up to Viewing Rock for a spectacular view, and a visit to our siblings Troop 255 and Crew 255 at Camp Bowman.
Conservation Project at Brookside Nature Center
Cubs from Pack 255 helped maintain a wonderful local nature center/gardens by mulching trails and play areas and grooming camp sites. After our work, families spent time enjoying the Nature Center and beautiful Brookside Gardens.
May Pack Meeting and Den Graduation
Pack 255 wrapped up another exciting Scouting Year in May. Activities at this meeting included:
- The last awards ceremony of the year
- Promotion of each den from Lions up through Jr. Webelos
- STEM activity: Egg Drop Challenge where Cubs attempted to build a cradle using various materials to protect an egg being dropped from a high point
Cubs and siblings from Pack 255 were climbing the walls at Earth Treks for our March 2018 Pack Meeting. The Pack reserved the private party walls for two hours of climbing fun. Refreshments of pizza and water kept the climbers fueled for trip after trip to the top.
Thanks to Earth Treks staff for their support in making the event a success for participants from age 4 on up. Lots of encouragement from the staff and parents helped climbers of all abilities reach the top of the walls.
February Pack Meeting
February saw many awards being bestowed upon Pack 255 Cubs. The meeting began with an opening ceremony led by the Wolf Den including the presentation of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and Scout Law. Then each Den from Lions up through Senior Webelos talked about their last Den activity and were presented with earned achievement pins, patches, and belt loops.
Next the trophies from the Pinewood Derby were presented to the winning racers. The top three fastest in each Den were given a trophy, followed by the three fastest from all of Pack 255. There was lots of cheering and smiles all around.
The meeting ended with a Pack 255 Spirit Campfire Program including a skit from the Wolf Den and an, "Open Mic," for Cubs to tell their favorite jokes. Knock, knock, and why did the ________ cross the road were the most frequent joke format. Lots of laughs and groans from Cubs and families.
Hopeful racers brought their fastest hot rods to the Cub Pack 255 Pinewood Derby 2018. The afternoon began with inspections and weigh-ins. Those racers who desired then had time to make final adjustments and test their cars on the racetrack. Once check-ins were complete the Bear Den presented the colors and lead the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. After some introductory remarks from the Cub Master it was time to race.
Each Den raced in heats to determine the fastest three cars from the Lions up to Sr. Webelos and the Alligators (sibling racers). From there, the top two fastest cars in each Den were able to compete in the All-Pack 255 Finals to determine the three fastest cars in the Pack. In addition to speed, the cars were judged on design and awards were bestowed in categories including Most Unusual, Coolest Shape, Best Design, Funniest, Speediest Appearance, Most Original, Most Colorful, Best Scout Spirit, and two awards for Good Sportsmanship.
Attendees found sustenance from the bake sale and popcorn machine. Pack 255 t-shirts and hoodies were popular items. Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you to all the volunteers who made the event a roaring success.
A Scout is reverent. Cubs, leaders, parents and siblings gathered to thank Chevy Chase United Methodist Church for their sponsorship of Pack 255. CCUMC has gladly re-chartered our Pack each year for the past 77 years and continues to support and provide space for Pack 255 events (indoors and out) throughout the year. Scout Sunday is the day each year when the CCUMC congregation honors the Scouting units they charter & support (including Troop 255 and Venturing Crew 255) and is an opportunity for the Scouts to say, "Thank You!" to the congregation.
Pack 255 took the lead in serving in visible roles in the contemporary service at CCUMC including greeting the congregation, distributing worship bulletins, color guard to present the US, Christian, and Pack 255 flags, and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pinewood Derby Workshop
Cubs and siblings (Alligators) brought their Pinewood Derby kits to the workshop where experienced parent volunteers helped them begin creating & building unique cars at the following stations:
- Design station - paper, pencils & PWD idea books helped Cubs select a design and then draw it on the wood to be cut at the next station
- Band saw station - skilled parents cut along the lines drawn on wood blocks using a band saw
- Sanding station - various grades of sandpaper were available for to sand cars to a smooth, aerodynamic finish
- Weigh station - for test the weight of cars to be sure they were within weight limits (according to the 2018 PWD rules)
Pack 255 Earns 2017 Journey to Excellence Gold Unit Award
Pack 255 once again took the Gold, the highest level of recognition of Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) program. JTE is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of its units, districts and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
In 2017, Pack 255 scored points in areas such as rank advancement, outdoor activities, camping, service projects, Den and Pack meetings, youth member retention, planning, budgeting, and adult leadership recruitment & training.
January Pack Meeting
Rachel Walker from Reptiles Alive joined Pack 255 to present an amazing live animal show. Cubs and siblings received a great introduction to the world of reptiles, learning snake secrets and laughing at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals included an albino python, tortoise, and lizard.
Skiing at Whitetail Resort
Cubs, siblings and parents enjoyed a full day of skiing at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, PA. The sun was out, the temperature was warm, and the snow was great. Cubs had the choice between beginner or advanced lessons, or just hitting the slopes in addition to their lift ticket and rental packages.
November/December Pack Meeting
Cubs and siblings in Pack 255 enjoyed a fun family magic show infused with Cub Scout values and surprises for all ages with Mr. Mike Perrello! As part of a holiday service project, Pack 255 Cubs also collected dozens of new, unwrapped toys to donate for K-5th grade children to receive through the North Pole Room at A Wider Circle.